October 30, 2011
Traveling Around: Prague, Czech Republic
Can you relate?
• Not realizing that the 2nd language on the local product packages was Slovak until the last day of the trip.
• Being swarmed and surrounded by hundreds of tourists. Thank goodness their numbers decreased after the weekend was over.
• Going to high end restaurants for almost every meal, pretending that is how we normally go out to eat in our host country.
• Being actually quite impressed with the country’s churches, both outside and inside.
• Going to Bohemia Bagel every morning for breakfast. Those bagels are pretty close to how they taste in NYC!
• Taking a short trip to Kutna Hora to see the “Bone Church.” Then deciding to walk to the center of the town (about 2-3 kms) not realizing the local bus could have taken us there much faster!
• Exploring local grocery stores to check out their products, hoping they have some things that cost much cheaper than what is available in our host country.
• Having a sunny, beautiful day every day of the trip, but then finally getting a cloudy, rainy day on the last morning during the taxi ride back to the airport.
• Getting a Thai massage after a day of walking around because the price of an hour massage is about 1/2 the price in our host country.
• Bring impressed by the buildings in Prague and how much of the design features being influenced by the Art Nouveau period.
• Seeing so many walking tour group everywhere. The tour guide holding their attention getting flag and talking through their head microphone/speaker.
• Feeling like we were truly in the Renaissance period seeing costumed trumpeters in a castle playing a tune at the top of every hour it seemed.
• Tried to go to the National Museum and the National Theatre to find they were both closed to the public.
• Finding a lady behind a little table selling opera tickets, taking a risk and buying tickets from her and then actually having a great time at the opera show.
• Bring very underwhelmed at the city’s botanical garden. Maybe it was because we went there during the off-season.
• Seeing many marionettes and puppets around the city, including a Michael Jackson one resembling Pinocchio.
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